The Scientific Basis of Individual and Team Innovation and Discovery

The interface between cognitive psychology, social psychology and engineering provides a natural and as yet minimally explored environment to deeply understand the theory, processes and mechanisms of innovation and their influence on the design, creation, and discovery processes. This NSF report communicates the findings of this workshop. In particular, five “umbrella” research  areas are identified as critical pathways in helping the U.S. lead in the process of innovation:

• studies that expand understanding of the cognitive mechanisms of innovation/creativity and the ways in which strategies and external tools influence these cognitive mechanisms;
• computational modeling and agents simulations of innovation/creativity that allow for theoretical development across levels of individual, group, and organizational analysis;
•  empirical studies and computational models that explore the temporal dynamics of individual and group factors on creativity/innovation;
• interdisciplinary programs of research that coordinate psychology  laboratory and design engineering experiments; and
• empirical studies that unpack cognitive and social/motivational factors of group cognition in more realistic group settings: horizontally integrated across disciplines, vertically integrated (with leaders), and evolving group structure over long time periods.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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